Biocontrols
April 22, 2010, London, England – Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Why bees are such super pollinators
Bees see the world almost five times faster than humans, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London.
March 22, 2010, Guelph, Ont. – If you wanted to build better beehives or improve crop pollination, you'd probably talk to beekeepers and biologists. But mathematicians? At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission.
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U of G using math
to study bees

If you wanted to build better beehives or improve crop pollination, you'd probably talk to beekeepers and biologists. But mathematicians? At the University of Guelph, experts in bees and numbers are working together on studies of hive design, pollination webs and disease transmission.
Insect pathogenic nematodes are finding an increasingly important place in the pest management programs of many greenhouse growers. Available and recommended for many years to control fungus gnats, they have recently also been used as part of a pest management program for thrips.
Greenhouse pepper growers are very fortunate to have several biological control agents that are commercially available for management of western flower thrips that infest greenhouse peppers each year.
Bumblebees (Bombus impatiens Cresson) (Figure 1) have become increasingly common in Canadian vegetable greenhouses as most growers rely on them to provide supplemental pollination. Tomatoes and sweet peppers are self-pollinating, but supplemental pollination results in larger, more attractive fruit. When a bumblebee colony is placed in the greenhouse, female worker bees begin to collect pollen to feed to the developing larvae. More worker bees then emerge, resulting in further pollen collection. Therefore, successful pollination is partially dependent on the bees’ ability to produce large numbers of workers to forage.
Back in the summer of 2009, I wrote the first in what was to be a series of articles on how to plan, set up and implement a biocontrol program in your greenhouse. The original plan was that each article would follow quite closely on the heels of the previous one. However, the best laid plans.…
Nov. 18, 2009 – The minute pirate bug, Orius insidiosus, was formerly thought to work alone, spearing its prey with a long, needle-like beak and sucking out its victim’s juices. But now it appears this tiny agricultural ally of commercial growers and home gardeners may have a partner.
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Pirate bug tag-team is double-trouble for thrips
The minute pirate bug, Orius insidiosus, was formerly thought to work alone, but now it appears this tiny agricultural ally of commercial growers and home gardeners may have a partner.
Greater numbers of growers are turning to biological control to combat pest problems. There are many different reasons for making the switch, but much of the interest has been driven by the increasing difficulties in controlling pests such as thrips with pesticides.
Aug. 13, 2009 — Ontario flower growers are boosting biocontrol research in the province. The board of directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) recently presented a cheque for $50,000 to help fund thrip and whitefly research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC).
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More money for biocontrol research
Ontario flower growers are boosting biocontrol research in the province. The board of directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) recently presented a cheque for $ 50,000 to help fund thrip and whitefly research at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (VRIC).
Cabbage loopers infest greenhouse vegetable crops every year, either from annual migration of adult moths from the south or from populations that have carried over from the previous year.
The bug hunter is continuing his hunt for bugs who hunt bugs.

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